Patriots get pointed in right direction

Updated: October 17, 2010, 9:27 PM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A show of hands, please.

How many of you had already pulled the plug on the New England Patriots early in the fourth quarter Sunday afternoon? How many of you cursed their young, flawed defense, gnashed your teeth over their suddenly (and shockingly) "ordinary" quarterback, lamented the departure of their Hall of Fame deep-threat receiver?

C'mon now, admit it. You were watching Deion Branch through three quarters of this football game and dismissing him as ...

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